As an appetizer, before the match between the Serbian Novak Djokovic and the Spaniard Rafael Nadal, final before the hour, the duel of the outsiders, opposing Stefanos Tsitsipas to Alexander Zverev, made salivate, Friday, June 11, the 5 000 spectators of the Philippe-Chatrier court.
In a stifling summer heat, the Greek overthrew the German after a marathon match completed in five sets (6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3) and nearly three hours forty game. In the fall of 2020, Stefanos Tsitsipas had lost at the same stage of the competition in Paris against Novak Djokovic.
In difficulty on his second service balls in the first sets (28% on average in this sector), Alexander Zverev, seeded No.6, logically conceded the first two innings (6-3, 6-3) after a nineteen of play and yet another forehand sent down the hall.
At the start of the third round, the German giant pressed, from the top of his 1.98 m, his strikes and ended a series of seven lost games (1-1). More aggressive, he then came back to two heats everywhere.
In the fifth set, Stefanos Tsitsipas, recent winner of the Masters 1000 on clay in Monte-Carlo and number 1 in the “Race” (the classification established since the 1er January) came out quickly, at 4-1.
With missiles flashed at 216 km / h and 213 km / h, Alexander Zverev dismissed four match points on his serve. Short respite, on his faceoff Stefanos Tsitsipas in turn slammed a last ace and won a titanic match.
For the first time in the final of the Porte d’Auteuil tournament, the young Greek (22 years old) asserts himself more and more as one of the most serious rivals of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, who total however, at the three of them, 58 Grand Slams.